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DIFFA supporters dress to thrill at sassy House of DIFFA preview party

DIFFA supporters dress to thrill at sassy House of DIFFA preview party

Stephanie Kille, Hilary Kennedy
Stephanie Kille , Hilary Kennedy Photo by Shana Anderson
Alberto Lombardi, Vivian Lombardi
Alberto Lombardi , Vivian Lombardi Photo by Shana Anderson
Alexis Bourn, Jason Oleniczak
Alexis Bourn , Jason Oleniczak Photo by Shana Anderson
Alison Volk, Bret McKinney
Alison Volk , Bret McKinney Photo by Shana Anderson
Tommy DeAlano, LeeAnne Locken, John Bobbitt
Tommy DeAlano , LeeAnne Locken , John Bobbitt Photo by Shana Anderson
Clint Bradley, Angel Irvin, Matt Wilkerson
Clint Bradley , Angel Irvin , Matt Wilkerson Photo by Shana Anderson
Debra Nelson, Carmaleta Whiteley
Debra Nelson , Carmaleta Whiteley Photo by Shana Anderson
Chuck Steelman, LeeAnne Locken
Chuck Steelman , LeeAnne Locken Photo by Shana Anderson
Gary Riggs, Chuck Steelman, Scott Kehn, Shayne Morrissey
Gary Riggs , Chuck Steelman , Scott Kehn , Shayne Morrissey Photo by Shana Anderson
Edo Popken
Edo Popken Photo by Shana Anderson
Matthew Johnson, Carmaleta Whiteley, Jodie Baker, James Shakelford
Matthew Johnson , Carmaleta Whiteley , Jodie Baker , James Shakelford Photo by Shana Anderson
Parris Rigby, Paul Lemon, Cheryl Rios
Parris Rigby , Paul Lemon , Cheryl Rios Photo by Shana Anderson
Jan Strimple, Matt Wilkerson
Jan Strimple , Matt Wilkerson Photo by Shana Anderson
Steven Lindsey, Carol Quist, Rod Orta
Steven Lindsey , Carol Quist , Rod Orta Photo by Shana Anderson
Tom Hatton, Johnny Wallace, Carol Hatton, Matt Wilkerson
Tom Hatton , Johnny Wallace , Carol Hatton , Matt Wilkerson Photo by Shana Anderson
Rob Brinkley, Scott Kehn, John B. Terlingo
Rob Brinkley , Scott Kehn , John B. Terlingo Photo by Shana Anderson
Stephanie Kille, Hilary Kennedy
Alberto Lombardi, Vivian Lombardi
Alexis Bourn, Jason Oleniczak
Alison Volk, Bret McKinney
Tommy DeAlano, LeeAnne Locken, John Bobbitt
Clint Bradley, Angel Irvin, Matt Wilkerson
Debra Nelson, Carmaleta Whiteley
Chuck Steelman, LeeAnne Locken
Gary Riggs, Chuck Steelman, Scott Kehn, Shayne Morrissey
Edo Popken
Matthew Johnson, Carmaleta Whiteley, Jodie Baker, James Shakelford
Parris Rigby, Paul Lemon, Cheryl Rios
Jan Strimple, Matt Wilkerson
Steven Lindsey, Carol Quist, Rod Orta
Tom Hatton, Johnny Wallace, Carol Hatton, Matt Wilkerson
Rob Brinkley, Scott Kehn, John B. Terlingo

Some of the best-dressed men in Dallas — and, of course, quite a few lovely ladies — recently gathered at Candleroom to mix, mingle and preview the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA) Dallas 2013 collection. This year’s fashion and philanthropy extravaganza, dubbed House of DIFFA, takes place March 23 at the Hilton Anatole, where supporters will partake in a seated dinner, provocative style show, and live and silent auctions.

Cocktails flowed as DIFFA Dallas board members and Style Council ambassadors bragged about this year’s collection, which includes a pretty-in-plaid blazer from Billy Reid and an edgy studded leather jacket from open-any-minute Traffic LA, among about 70 others. Event chair Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak confessed her favorite in the collection is the feminine and fitted orange leather jacket donated by Joan Rivers.

Chairman of the board Clint Bradley boasted like a proud papa about some pretty unbelievable live auction items, including a two-night stay in Bora Bora — with a $1,000 voucher for airfare — donated by Dallas Cowboy Marcus Spears, and the Edo Popken Experience that includes two custom jackets created by the designer himself — you will be fitted at his Zurich studio — and a stay with him at his private chateau.

As the room started to fill, the jackets were raised high above the crowd, so everyone could get a better look. But our eyes were locked on the dressed-to-the-nines crowd sporting their own stylish jackets, awesome eyewear and fabulous footwear — from flashy red loafers to hip orange sneakers.

Among the style setters spotted on the scene: Vivian and Alberto Lombardi, Alexis Bourn, Jason Oleniczak, Hilary Kennedy, Stephanie Kille, Chuck Steelman, LeeAnne Locken, John Bobbitt, Debra Nelson, Carmeleta Whitely, Jan Strimple, Matt Wilkerson, and Carol Quist.

If the style quotient at this preview was any indication about what’s to come in a couple of weeks, we had better go shopping.